Nicole Cowell

Nicole Cowell



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Nicole Cowell is a PhD student at the University of Birmingham studying distributed measurements of particulate matter, supervised by Prof Lee Chapman & Prof William Bloss. Her work primarily focuses on low cost particulate measurement- developing and deploying networks of IoT enabled sensors across the West Midlands region of the UK. Her sensor measurements have a range of applications including but not limited too; general ambient monitoring, indoor air quality assessments, targeted monitoring of air quality mitigation efforts and monitoring for health impact at hospitals. 

Alongside her PhD, she also contributes to the West Midlands Air Quality Program (WM-Air) (funded by NERC) and the Birmingham Urban Observatory (funded by EPSRC), working with a range of partners and stakeholders to increase, improve and analyse air quality measurements and generate impact within local communities, academic research and policy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Geography, King’s College London

1 Sept 201526 Jul 2018

Award Date: 26 Jul 2018


  • G Geography (General)
  • Air quality
  • Air Pollution
  • Sensors


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